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    What Are The Most Common Automotive Transmission Problems?

    Last updated 1 day 5 hours ago

    Whether your vehicle is equipped with a manual or automatic transmission, your transmission is essential to the performance of your car. If you notice problems with your transmission, take your vehicle into an auto maintenance service professional as soon as possible. Here is a look at a few of the most common automotive transmission problems.

    Clutch Malfunction

    If you are experiencing abnormally high levels of heat or intense shaking movements coming from underneath your car, you may have a problem with your clutch. This type of problem also tends to cause the power output of your engine to drop significantly.


    This may be the single most common problem caused by automotive transmissions. This issue can make your vehicle slow to shift gears and it may also cause gear slippage. Leaks in the transmission system may lead to fluid becoming contaminated with coolant. When this occurs, the transmission should be flushed and refilled. Prevent and fix leaks by making sure that all of the seals in your transmission system are in working order. This includes the transmission gasket seals and driveshaft.

    Torque Converter Issues

    You may notice strange grinding sounds coming from your vehicle if your torque converter is not functioning properly, but you will probably only hear these strange sounds while you are in motion. This may be due to a worn needle bearing in the transmission system. A problem like this can have very significant implications and may lead to transmission damage or failure.

    Are you experiencing one of these transmission problems? Contact Murray’s Auto Clinics or visit our website today. We offer emissions repair, brake repair, and a variety of other auto maintenance services in the Maryland area, including transmission maintenance and repairs. If you live in the area, call us at (240) 450-2478 or stop in and meet with us to find out more about what we can do for you.

    Essential Car Care Tips

    Last updated 8 days ago

    If you want your car to enjoy a long working life as well as provide you the proper amount of safety every day, it’s important to maintain it the right way. Watch this video for a few essential car care tips that can keep your care safe and efficient.

    When it comes to safety, visibility is very important. Replace your windshield wiper blades twice per year and your headlights once every other year. These procedures are very simple and can help you to see the road, your surroundings, and other drivers. Also important is your tire pressure. You can find out exactly how much pressure your tire needs by looking inside your driver’s door. Properly inflated tires offer enhanced braking, handling, and fuel economy.

    If you would like more essential car care tips, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. Our goal is to provide the Maryland area with high quality auto maintenance services. You can find out more about our automotive services on our website, including our emissions repair and general auto maintenance services. 

    Why You Should Warm Your Vehicle in the Winter

    Last updated 15 days ago

    There are many benefits to warming your vehicle before you begin your drive. When it’s cold outside, warming up your vehicle will get the heater working faster and will even improve your car’s performance and fuel economy.

    Before you start your engine, it is the same temperature as the ambient temperature outside. This is always lower than the temperature at which your engine will optimally perform. If you do not warm your engine, you may be causing excess wear and using additional fuel. Let your engine idle for at least 30 seconds before putting it into gear, but you may need to warm up your vehicle for 5-10 minutes during the winter. Watch this video to learn more about warming up your vehicle. 

    If you want to keep your vehicle running like new, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. You can also visit our website to find out more about our automotive repair and maintenance services. If you live in the Maryland area, stop by and see us to find out how our automotive mechanics can keep your car in tip-top shape in any season. 

    How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Brake pads are crucial components to your ability to stop your car quickly and safely. For this reason, they must be replaced when they no longer work efficiently. But how do you know when to replace your brake pads? Here is a look at the average lifespan of brake pads. 


    Although there are many different factors that determine the working life of brake pads, the material from which they are made plays a large role. Organic pads give you the greatest amount of power when it comes to stopping quickly. However, this comes with a trade-off; organic pads also wear out quicker than other types. Semi-metallic and synthetic brake pads last longer at the expense of a longer stopping time.


    There are many variables that affect the longevity of the brake pads in your car. This is because several different factors determine how much wear any given brake pad will endure. Larger vehicles create more momentum and inertia, which means that the brake pad is under a greater amount of pressure. Speed plays a role as well. The faster you are going, the harder the brakes have to work to stop your car. Brakes translate kinetic energy into heat energy in order to halt your vehicle, which results in the wearing of your pads. This makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly how long any brake pads will last.


    You may notice certain red flags when your brakes are wearing out. If your brakes are not functioning efficiently or your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you press them, it is time to have them inspected. You should also take your car in for brake repair if you hear unusual noises when you apply the brakes.

    For more information about how long brake pads last contact Murray’s Auto Clinics or visit our website. We are happy to serve the Maryland area with brake repair and other auto maintenance services. If you live in the area and would like to know more about our auto repair and maintenance services, stop by or call us at (240) 450-2478.

    Creating a Routine Car Maintenance Schedule

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Most people rely on their cars every single day, which means a breakdown would be a serious inconvenience. In order to prevent this from happening, your car must be properly and regularly maintained. 

    There are certain benchmarks your car will reach in terms of mileage; different maintenance services will be appropriate at these benchmarks. Your oil and oil filter should be changed every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, at which point your fluids, tires, and lights should be inspected as well. Every 15,000 to 30,000 miles you should be replace your air filter, check your battery, and replace your power steering fluid and filters. Inspect your battery at 35,000 miles and your spark plugs at 40,000 miles. After 60,000 miles you should replace your timing belt, coolant, brake pads, and brake fluid, as well as check your HVAC system and suspension.

    At Murray’s Auto Clinics we are proud to be Maryland’s number one resource for automotive repairs and maintenance services. If you would like to learn more about our automotive services visit our website, stop in and see us, or call us at (240) 450-2478 to speak with one of our experienced automotive repair technicians

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